Mary Hughes Lord, quilt maker

Mary Hughes Lord's undated description of her own quilt-

This quilt was made in Nashville, Tenn. I began just before the Civil War, the day Tenn seceded I stitched the U.S. Flag in the center of the quilt, my father being a loyal man he had to leave home or be forced in the Confederate service, I carried the quilt through the rebel lines to the federal to Cincinnati we remained in Cincinnati until the fall of Fort Donelson then we returned home to Nashville. After the battle of Stone River Gen'l Rosecrans suggested I make an autograph quilt of it & at his headquaters (sic) his was the first name placed in the flag and the second was James A. Garfield and most of his Staff Officers names were placed around the flag. Gen'l Winfield Scott in 1863 at West Point wrote his name. I was visiting my Brother who was a Cadet at the Point. Then Abraham Lincoln 1863 his son Robert Lincoln in 1881. P.H. Sheridan U.S. Grant Brig Gen'l L. Thomas Adjt Gen'l U.S.A. Maj Gen'l George H. Thomas Benj F Butler Chester A. Arthur. S H Wilson. Gen H.W. Blair W.T. Sherman J. St. Clair Morton. Jas McLear Horace Maynard. Col Bowman Supt West Point 1863. Jas S Negley. A McDowell McCook J.A. Garfield Chief of Staff. Jas McKibben. Col Arthur Ducat. C. G. Harker. W.W. Averill Wm McKinley. Nelson N. Miles. Leland Stanford. Theodore Roosevelt. Sen Jos R. Hawley. This quilt was saluted by 20000 troops at the funeral of Pres Lincoln. hung over the East door of the rotunda when Pres Garfield's body lay in State, has been hung out at different Inaugurations. It has the line of Genl's & Lt Gen'ls. It has other names but these are the most prominent ......

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